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Friday, May 8, 2009

Handbag Debate: Steve Madden Handbags - Is Imitation The Sincerest Form Of Flattery?

Does the design team at Steve Madden possess any artistic creativity of their own? This is a rhetorical question, of course. My poor husband is sick of me pointing out how shamelessly Steve Madden handbags rip off every designer handbag in existence. Think I'm kidding? Oh no, ladies, it's true. Here's a direct comparison of some Steve Madden "designs" and their designer counterparts. A picture speaks a thousand words, and these tell it all. I don't know on which side of the imitation/replica handbag argument you fall into, but I dislike them to no end. With so many talented designers producing unique, cutting-edge designs, it's a shame companies like Steve Madden rely on imitation rather than innovation.

Top Row: Designer bags
Bottom Row: Steve Madden bags

1. Alexander Wang Donna Hobo
Prada Tessuto Ruffle Tote
Jimmy Choo Saba Bag
4. Chanel Coco Cabas Tote
Givenchy Patent Caviar Tote
Steve Madden Balexa Hobo
Steve Madden Ruffle Tote
Steve Madden Safari Hobo
Steve Madden Woven Stud Tote
Steve Madden Hot Stud Hobo


4 Responses to "Handbag Debate: Steve Madden Handbags - Is Imitation The Sincerest Form Of Flattery?"
  1. Anonymous said...
    Monday, May 18, 2009

    When the average consumer is unable to spend $2000 on a handbag because they need to pay for, I don't know, something like rent or food, I wonder, is it really bad that Steve Madden is providing the fashion conscious individual accessibility to high end designs? Your post reeks of snobbery and a sense of entitlement. Unless your wardrobe is composed of solely couture items, you can be assured that whatever items you purchase from department stores are trickle down imitations of designer lines. So yes, Steve Madden has produced items that are virtual imitations of high end products, but that is not ALL they do. Please remember that fashion shouldn't be a luxury.

  2. Dania Padron said...
    Monday, May 18, 2009

    The last thing I am is a snob. If you read my entire post (as I am assuming from your comment you did not) I wrote "With so many talented designers producing unique, cutting-edge designs, it's a shame companies like Steve Madden rely on imitation rather than innovation". My complaint is with the fact that ii is possible to create unique designs that women of all budgets will love and could find easy to incorporate in their budgets. We have designer labels producing more moderately-priced bags and even less expensive versions of their high-end designs for stores like Target. My argument is with the blatant copying of another man's (or woman's) hard work. A brand like Kooba doesn't make $2000 bags, they make more affordable designs that aren't copies. In fact, they're quite innovative and being copied as well! When a company like Steve Madden survives solely by making copies of other designs, it is shameful. If you think that that makes me or any other person who feels the same way a snob, well, then you're certainly entitled to your opinion. I will respectfully disagree with your remark. The last thing anyone has ever accused me of is being a snob or acting as if I'm entitled to anything. Every handbag I ever bought growing up I worked for going to school and working full-time. I would save money for 5 or 6 months to buy a well-made designer bag. It's taken me just about eighteen years to collect the bags I have today, sometimes selling my older out-of-style bags to fund my new purchases. So please, trust me on this one, I don't go around pointing out people in the mall saying, "Ugh, what a horrible imitation bag they have". I don't fault consumers, I fault the companies and designers that have no creativity whatsoever.

  3. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Oh you were so hard done by working and getting an education to buy designer bags! I think its shameful that an average quality canvas bag is often more expensive than beautifully crafted real leather ones for an LV logo that every secodn teenager with a credit card carries around. Designers like Steve Madden draw inspiration from high end designers to create high quality fashionable product. Furthermore, I think its worse when designers collaborate with groups like Target or H&M, compromise on their quality and then convince people to pay $200 (which they think is affordable) leading people to think they are getting high end product for a steal. Have you ever considered what the average Target customer is willing to/can pay for clothes? I think its shameful that you critique designers like Steve Madden for the beautiful designs that they make. Afetrall, designers are constantly ripping styles and fads off each other.

  4. Dania Padron said...
    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    "Oh you were so hard done by working and getting an education to buy designer bags!" No, I was not hard done, but I was also not privileged. My bags weren't given to me. I worked to pay for them. The fact that I like designer bags and was patient enough to save for months on end until I could afford to buy one was my way of appreciating their significance as well as the work designers and craftsman put into creating and executing them. To have their work blatantly ripped off is shameful IMO. You are, of course, entitled to yours.

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